Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bible Study - Sexuality, Honoring God In Marriage and Singleness

 

Bible Study 1 Corinthians 7:1-40

  1. In what ways have your views on marriage, sex or singleness been influenced by society and/or the Church?

 

 

Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-40

  1. What issues did the Corinthians need Paul to address? What areas were they struggling with?

 

 

  1. How do you think immorality affected the way Corinthian men and women related to each other? v. 2-5.  How does immorality affect us today?

 

 

  1. How does Paul view marriage and singleness? v. 6 – 7.

 

 

  1. Why does Paul say that it is “better to marry, than to burn with passion?” v. 9

 

 

- How can the lack of self-control lead you to make an unwise decision to marry   prematurely?

 

 

  1. Have you experienced any pressure to be married? How does knowing that this world is passing away help you to be more content in your current state? v. 29-31 Explain.

 

 

  1. Why do you think Paul considers singleness a “better” way even though he fully affirms marriage? v.38

 

 

  1. In what ways would you like to be more devoted to the things of the Lord? Can you identify things that might be a distraction?

 

 

  1. How has this study challenged you to prepare for marriage? What things will you consider before you marry?

Sex in the Temple II - How it went down

Mission Driven Ministry in conjunction with Sankofa Student Ministry held a one day conference on Saturday 13th December at AIC Ngong Road in Nairobi. The conference was dubbed ‘Sex in the Temple II’. The first such conference was held about two years ago at the same venue, and many people had requested a repeat of it. 

About 50 people in total took part. The day started with some music by Mission Driven (In Search of the Truth, All that) – songs that will hopefully be released as part of MDs second album sometimes next year. This was followed by some icebreakers so as to allow people to know each other. After this the conference started proper with some praise and worship and then MD did the theme song for the conference – Sex in the Church. This song is to be released hopefully over the next week. 

There was then a period of small group bible study (a copy of the bible study material used is available here.) 

A hefty lunch was then served as people interacted. 

After lunch, MD did another song – Is He the King – and Curtis Reed spoke for about an hour on the subject. 

Some extracts:

 The male and the female, the husband and the wife model between Christ and the Church. 

The world knows what sex represents – a model for the sacred. The world, instead of sex being about the Sacred, is about a car, or a beer or any other product – in other words – sex sells.

 The world is under a spell (Rev 17-18) and is under the Babylonian system. According to Rev 17-18, when the system collapses, the saddest people on earth when system collapses will be merchants (or business people).

Musicians ‘cast a spell’ and one needs to be careful about what they listen to.

A more detailed summary is available here.

There was a period of almost about one hour after this where people now shared with everyone else about their experiences and weaknesses. It was a really powerful time, as no one felt condemned – if anything people left encouraged.

MD and Sankofa Student Ministry will probably hold a third edition of this conference next year.

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Meanwhile watch out for MDs brand new release – Sex in The Church which should be hitting the airwaves before year end.

Summary - The Message

The world is under a spell. If you don’t see the spell, you’re probably under it. 

Curtis asked the audience: why did God create sex? 

  • Reproduction
  • Pleasure
  • Intimacy
  • Love
  • Covenant
  • Worship
  • A gift

 He then went through the list talking about each of the reasons in more detail.

 One Flesh

From Gen 2:23-24, one flesh is associated with marriage usually, but sexual intimacy is implied

From 1 Cor 6:13-17, one flesh is associated with sex. Temple prostitution was part of a ritual in pagan worship; even in pagan worship the spiritual nature of sex is acknowledged

From Eph 5:28-33 the context of one flesh is marriage again. The relation ship between husband and wife in marriage is used to represent the relationship between Christ and the Church

The conclusion that was drawn is that Marriage, Sex and The Church and Christ are ultimately related.

The male and the female, the husband and the wife model between Christ and the Church.


Sex is a model for the Sacred, and is a tool that can be used in evangelism. 

Curtis then gave his testimony from his days as a teen and young adult struggling with his sexuality and the lessons (or the lack of them) that he received.

It is important for everyone to understand what the model represents. Just as a man gets jealous when another man flirts with his wife, God gets jealous when he does not get full attention.

Believers are ‘engaged to Christ’ while on earth. Meeting Him in heaven would be greater than any human feeling on earth.

The world knows what sex represents – a model for the sacred. The world, instead of sex being about the Sacred, is about a car, or a beer or any other product – in other words – sex sells.

The world is under a spell (Rev 17-18) and is under the Babylonian system. According to Rev 17-18, when the system collapses, the saddest people on earth when system collapses will be merchants (or business people).

Musician do ‘cast a spell’ and one needs to be careful about what they listen to. The primary weapon that the devil uses to get at man is sexuality.

According to 1 Cor 6, the body is a temple. Just like the Temple, no one should enter the ‘Holy of Holies’ without a covenant (marriage).

However, not having sex doesn’t mean that one cannot be immoral. Looking at a woman lustfully is adultery.

Be free – don’t’ be the slave, or the master in any sexual relationship (which would be usually abusive). Both the slave and the master are in bondage. Freedom is outside the slave/ master relationship.

Single people have a unique opportunity to be used by God to spread the gospel as opposed to married people as they have less obligations (1 Cor 7).

Thursday, December 4, 2008